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The Perfect Workout for the Corporate Jetsetter

Mr. Black Suit is sprinting through the terminal of O’Hare to catch his flight to Los Angeles. He is carrying a briefcase consisting of a laptop and volumes of paperwork neatly hole-punched in three black binders. He also has luggage filled with his formal, casual and athletic clothes. As he reaches the gate, Mr. Suit breathes a sigh of relief and wipes sweat of his brow.

Throughout the day, Mr. Black Suit is moving quite fast. When Mr. Suit is in L.A., he rushes to a meeting where he is standing and walking around, pushes his stalled rental car into a gas station for repairs and then decides to play a full round of golf with his clients. He gets back to the hotel by 11 PM, and suddenly realizes: “I missed my workout!”

That’s not necessarily true. Animals are constantly burning calories, even when they are sleeping. Resting metabolic rate (RMR) is the energy required by an animal to stay alive with no activity. Therefore, Mr. Suit should not feel guilty for missing his workout, especially after spending a day sprinting through airports, pushing vehicles and playing golf!

However, Mr. Suit is also used to his routine, and ventures down a few floors in his hotel to find a gym. And he is shocked to see that the gym of the hotel consists of a treadmill, a Precor and a Universal training system. He may as not work out at all. What will Mr. Suit do?

There are several ways to exercise without having a gym. Here are some things a corporate jetsetter can do:

  • All three pieces of equipment should be used. However, the intensity of the exercises should be increased as much as possible to replicate the same feeling of burn in a different fitness environment.
  • For chest and triceps, one can do diamond-shaped pushups. This is just a standard push up, however the arms are not shoulder-width apart. Instead, the hands are locked into the shape of a diamond. This will target the pectoral majoris and the long head of the tricep muscle.
  • For core stability and strength, one can do a variety of things, ranging from crunches to leg lifts.
  • For biceps, one can curl the bed in the hotel. The bed can be lifted and curled upward. If this cannot be done, then lamps or any other heavy object in the hotel might be utilized for a good curl.
  • For legs, one can do a wall sit. All this requires is a wall which the person can sit against for a certain period of time. It sounds easy, but the burn in the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex will show otherwise! Multiple toe lifts can build the calf muscles (soleus and gastrocenemius)

Even though it is true that human beings don’t need exercise to burn calories, and that we unconsciously burn them in our job-related functions, it is very important to note that exercise routines can still be retained and applied in a different fitness environment.

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